While we know that keeping our teeth healthy and clean is essential to good oral health; it is also important to take care of the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth and maintain your bite. At Smiles of Johns Creek, our dentists and dental hygienists perform a periodontal examination and screening for oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease during your regularly scheduled preventive visits.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
As we grow older, our dental health is subject to change due to influences over the years such as dental work, missing teeth from trauma or decay, nutrition and eating habits, tobacco use and long term use of certain medications. Over time, our gums recede, tooth surfaces wear and our jaw joints and underlying bone levels begin to show signs of age.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when harmful bacteria find their way between compromised tooth and root surfaces and penetrate beneath the gum tissue to cause infection in “pockets” between the hard tooth structure and soft tissue. If the infection is not treated, it continues on a destructive path into the bone. Eventually, teeth affected by periodontal disease can become loose and will fall out.
50 years ago, most people expected to lose their teeth as they grew older. Today, we know that not only is this not the case, keeping your smile healthy for a lifetime can help you enjoy a better quality of life as a senior by being able to eat and chew normally and smile, speak and laugh with confidence.
Not only is periodontal disease detrimental to oral health, dental infection and inflammation can be a complicating factor for major systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Dental Examination at Smiles of Johns Creek
During your routine preventive visits to our dental office, your dentist and hygienist will perform a visual examination of your teeth and oral soft tissues. They will measure and record the gum tissue levels and look for any signs of inflammation, recession, periodontal disease or infection. Dental xrays help us to detect bone loss or decay between the teeth or under the gum line.
Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Teeth that look "too long" or appear to be longer than surrounding teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Receding gums or pocketing between teeth
Periodontal disease can be treated with non-surgical therapy if diagnosed early. Our Johns Creek dentists and hygienists perform root planing and periodontal maintenance procedures to remove bacterial plaque and calculus deposits to eliminate infection and promote healing.
Prevention is key in keeping your mouth healthy and free of disease. We invite you to join our Johns Creek dental office as a new patient to maintain your oral health.
Please Contact Us today to schedule an appointment.